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Strawberry Margarita Cupcake Bites

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Summer is in full swing and I couldn’t be happier…sun, flowers, vegetables from the garden, sprinklers, and swimming at the pool = Summer Fun! And let me tell you, these Strawberry Margarita Cupcake Bites fit into the Summer Fun perfectly!

Did you catch that? Cupcake Bites? Yup…a micro mini cupcake baked in a paper ketchup cup, bursting with flavor…what could be more fun? Strawberry Margarita? Hmm…maybe I should have called them Cupcake Shots!

These Cupcake Bites might be tiny, but they are packed with flavor…Classic Lime Margarita mix and chopped strawberries are mixed into a white cake mix and topped with a dollop of Cool Whip to keep them light for the Summer heat. A sprinkle of pink jimmies and a wedge of lime finish them off.

They are baked right in the ketchup cup and turned out perfectly. A couple months back, I spotted the ketchup cups at a restaurant, and after asking if I could have a few, brought them home and promptly forgot about them. Then while making my list of cupcakes I wanted to share after all the Fourth of July Cupcakes, I remembered these little beauties, and I’m so glad I did.

I was surprised that even though they are small, the cupcakes still took almost 10 minutes to bake. I think probably because of the Margarita mix and frozen chopped strawberries in the batter, but also the cups are a little thicker than a regular cupcake liner. They popped right out though, without any trouble.

Serve these up at your next Summer party with a delicious Strawberry Margarita and you will be the hit of the block!

Strawberry Margarita Cupcake Bites

Strawberry Margarita Cupcake Bites

Yield: 24 regular size cupcakes, 50 minis and 100 cupcake bites
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Cupcake Bites are a perfect size to serve, and these Strawberry Margarita Bites are packed with flavor. Recipe from HoosierHomemade.com



  • 1 box Duncan Hines Classic White Cake Mix
  • 3/4 cup Classic Lime Margarita Mix {liquid}
  • 1 cup strawberries, finely chopped {it's easier to chop frozen berries, but fresh are fine}
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3 eggs


  • 1 {8 oz} tub COOL WHIP Whipped Topping {amount used will depend on number of cupcakes}
  • Pink Jimmie Sprinkles
  • Fresh Limes

Special Supplies


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and set ketchup cups on a cookie sheet
  2. Combine all ingredients for cupcakes together in a large bowl
  3. Add about 1 tablespoon batter to each ketchup cup
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean
  5. Cool completely


  1. Fit a decorator bag with a #12 Round Tip and fill with Cool Whip
  2. Pipe on a small dollop, add sprinkles and lime wedge
  3. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge

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  1. How long would you bake for mini muffin tins? These look extra yummy, and I will be baking for a baby shower soon–perfect idea!

    1. Hi Marlene, I would start with 6-8 minutes and then test with a toothpick.
      Happy Baby Shower!

      1. Thanks, Liz. Do you think I can freeze the cupcakes without the topping about a week ahead and then frost with either whipped toping or buttercream the day before or the day of? What about freezing them with the buttercream?

        1. You can certainly freeze them, however I would freeze them without the frosting.
          Happy Baking!

          1. These were a hit at the baby shower, Liz! They were so cute an tasted good, too, very moist. I made a tequila lime buttercream and piped it on with a star tip. So pretty! My daughter commented that she usually isn’t a cupcake fan but these changed her mind!

          2. That’s awesome! So happy to hear you all liked them! Congrats on the new baby!

  2. has anyone made regular size cupcakes and if so how was the flavor?

  3. Lori Brown says:

    Is there somewhere you can buy these? I love the idea of the mini cupcake…not as much guilt involved!

    1. Hi Lori, you can get the ketchup cups at most food supply stores. You can also get nut cups that are a little larger at Michael’s or online.

  4. I tried making cupcakes in the small ketchup cups, and they didn’t “pop right out” for me, did you spray the cups before putting in your mix? Also I filled mine about 3/4 full and they puffed up over the rim, so maybe that was just the cake recipe I used, but if you could tell me about spraying the cups I would appreciate it. Will be trying your recipe next, thank you for sharing it.

    1. Hi Terri, I did not spray mine. Be sure the cups you are using have a wax coating in the inside, I think all of them do, but just in case. I added 1 tablespoon of batter to each cup.
      Hope that helps!

  5. what size ketchup cups do you use?

    1. I wasn’t aware there are different sizes. They are the micro-mini size that are found in restaurants. If filled to the top, about 2 tablespoons will fit.
      Hope that helps!

  6. olivia @ceramic knives sharpening says:

    Are you kidding me!?!?! I love Margaritas! this is so happening in my kitchen tomorrow. thank you so much for the amazing looking recipe. <3


  7. thanks for this recipe – they look wonderful – i shared them on pinterest!

  8. Ashleen Moreen says:

    Wow, this is so yummy and looks refreshing to the mouth.
    Thank you for sharing the recipe of it!
    Gotta make it at home for my nephews!

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